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Good morning! Wishing that the weekend were here already? We're not trying to make a day at the beach even more tempting but here's an ethereal Blue Bottle (Physalia utriculus) sighting captured by ClimateWatcher Natasha Marie Lutz. A collective of blue bottles is called an armada. But each individual is actually an entire colony of highly specialised zooids, which puts them in the category of siphonophore (which is related to sea jellies). They tend to become stranded on our exposed eastern coasts after strong onshore winds. The movement of armadas is dependent on the wind, but where the blue bottles go depends on whether they are left- or right-handed! If you're at the beach today or over the weekend, look out for them and record your sightings. We want to know how their range is changing due to more extreme weather events and climate change. Watch out though - they sting! #climatewatch #climatewatchaus #earthwatchaus #citizenscience #ala #phenology #ecology #peoplepower #makeadifference #bluebottle #physaliautriculus #siphonophore #nobluenogreen #missionblue #jelly #cnidaria #wildaustralia #stinger #marinelife #marinebiodiversity #marineecology #intertidal #beach #beauty #bluemind #biodiversity #openyoureyes

A photo posted by ClimateWatch (@climatewatch_aus) onNov 17, 2016 at 1:32pm PST